FG de­nies me­dia re­ports on cas­sava bread

Daily Trust - - FEATURE - Dead que­lea birds By Vin­cent A. Yusuf

The Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment has re­futed the claims made in some sec­tions of the me­dia that the Federal Govern­ment has aban­doned the cas­sava com­pos­ite wheat pol­icy.

A press state­ment signed by the min­istry’s Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion and Pro­to­col, Tony Ohaeri, said that against the back­drop of the ris­ing pro­file of the high qual­ity cas­sava bread and other con­fec­tioner­ies, the opin­ion cur­rently be­ing pro­moted in such me­dia was doomed to fail be­cause it did not rep­re­sent the voice of stake­hold­ers.

The state­ment de­clared that the 20% wheat- cas­sava flour bread has re­cently re­ceived high pro­file lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­dorse­ments.

The state­ment said it was clear that wheat cas­sava com­pos­ite bread re­ceived high rat­ing.

“Big re­tail out­lets such as Sho­prite, Park n’ Shop and Next Su­per Stores all bake and sell the bread daily, with re­ports from these chain stores af­firm­ing that the de­mand for the bread is im­pres­sive,” the state­ment added.

The state­ment said, there­fore, that that the op­po­si­tion to wheat cas­sava bread was not based on any ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment but un­pa­tri­otic pro­pa­ganda spon­sored by some wheat millers and the wheat ex­port­ing coun­tries they rep­re­sent to pro­mote their self­ish busi­ness in­ter­ests.

It said the min­istry was de­ter­mined to work with all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing pub­lic agencies, con­fec­tion­ers, flour millers and cas­sava grow­ers, to make the pro­duc­tion of wheat-cas­sava flour and al­lied prod­ucts a prof­itable means of liveli­hood for teem­ing Nige­rian youths who have al­ready shown great in­ter­est in grow­ing cas­sava and wheat.

The state­ment said it has trained 766 mas­ter bak­ers on 20% cas­sava bread pro­duc­tion in 2013 with sup­port given for ca­pac­ity build­ing for mas­ter bak­ers.

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